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As Hospitals Post Sticker Prices Online, Most Patients Will Remain Befuddled

January 29, 2019

From the Kaiser Health News website

As of January 1, in the name of transparency, the Trump administration required that all hospitals post their list prices online. But what is popping up on medical center websites is a dog’s breakfast of medical codes, abbreviations and dollar signs — in little discernible order — that may initially serve to confuse more than illuminate.

Anyone who has ever tried to find out in advance how much a hospital test, procedure or stay will cost knows the frustration: “Nope, can’t tell you” or “It depends” are common replies from insurers and medical centers.

While more information is always welcome, the new data will fall short of providing most consumers with usable insight.

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Link to the Hawaii Pacific Health price list

Link to the Kaiser Permanente price list

Link to the Kuakini Medical Center price list

Link to the Queen’s Medical  Center price list

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